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The MIIS MIIS OKTOBERFEST Happy Hour will be on Friday, October 16th from 5-8 pm.
Sponsored by NET Impact and the German Club

Also, there will be a “Beers for Books After Party”
8 pm @Indian Summer
Have a drink…It’s for the kids!

$1.00 from every beer or well drink will be donated directly to the Room to Read Organization (www.roomtoread.org)

Room to Read partners with local communities throughout the developing world to provide quality educational opportunities by establishing libraries, children’s literature in the local language, constructing new schools, and providing education to girls.

Free Cover!

For more information contact:

HOPE Fundraising for Victims of Typhoon Morakot will be held in the Samson Center from 12-2 pm, October 12-16.  Raffle tickets will be sold and the cost is $2 for 1 ticket and $5 for 3 tickets. 

The raffle will be held on Friday, October 16 at 6pm during Happy Hour. Prizes include gift certificates for: Jamba Juice, Osio Theatre, Plumes, Peet’s, California Pizza Kitchen, and more!

Dear MIIS friends,

We have an urgent request coming from another local school.  There is a young Burmese speaking woman, enrolled in ESL, who is in an urgent/emergency situation.  The counselors trying to assist her need a translator.  If you, or anyone you know, knows Burmese and is able to assist, please get back to me at jsteers@isiwebnet.net.  Leave your email address, phone number, and best way (and time) to reach you.

John Steers, ISI-Monterey

 Rising International, an international non-profit, is looking for women with  developing country backgrounds to attend and be their honored guest for their upcoming  gala, Faces of Hope, on Saturday, October 10th at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach. 

 Rising International’s mission is to end world poverty in this lifetime by empowering  the world’s poor, especially women. They are a non-profit based in Santa Cruz, California  and partner with multiple international and local community networks with a focus on fair trade distribution and education.  They bring together all corners of the world in individual’s living rooms to realize the potential ofending poverty and preserving artesian heritage and craftsmanship.
The Faces of Hope event on October 10th will be their annual gala fund raising event.  They will be honoring 37 women from various international backgrounds to be ambassadors  of their home country or indigenous background.  Each woman will be honored by receiving a complimentary dinner (a $250 comp value) and chance to speak about their background and experiences in a supportive, giving, and nurturing environment. They are expecting more than 400 local leaders, business executives, politicians, celebrities, dignitaries, authors, filmmakers, and community members including Sam Farr and Clint and Dina Eastwood. Partial proceeds will support entrepreneurial training for low-income women (mostly single mothers) living right here on the Central Coast.

For current information and photos of the last event please visit their website at: http://risinginternational.org/facesofhope.html 
If you will be able to attend, or would like more information, please contact  Courtney Cruzan, ambassadors4rising@hotmail.com or via phone: 831-402-6903.

The great MIIS tradition of cross-cultural lunches returns this next Tuesday
and Thursday, September 15 and 17. They start at 12:15 sharp in the Holland 
Center courtyard.

For the last five years, about 250 students and 30 faculty and staff have
taken part each fall. There will be  5 or 6 crosscultural lunches during the first half of fall semester and no more this academic year.

One needs to sign up at the Career Advising Center on the third floor of the
McCone Building at the reception desk. Students are placed six to a table,
mixed up by nationality and academic program and a cross-cultural question is
facilitated by a faculty member. The feedback is that the discussions are
lively, informative  and entertaining! Everyone is welcome!

Professor Peter Grothe, Ph.D.
Director of International Student Programs
tel. 831-647-4129
email: pgrothe@miis.edu

For the fifth year in a row, there will be an exciting cross-cultural retreat
at the magnificent redwood tree park at Big Sur. You can choose to go this
Sunday, Sept 13 or you can go on Sunday Oct. 4th. The crossrcultural
interacting experiences will be facilitated by Professor Peter Grothe, who
teaches intercultural communications courses at MIIS.

The bus leaves at 10 am sharp and the cost for the bus is $20. The
participants will be guests of Dr. Grothe for a Chinese dinner and dinner
should be finished by 6 pm. Participants are asked to bring their own lunches
and one artifact (or a picture of an artifact) that says something about their
culture, or the culture of a country they lived in.

If you wish to come, email Dr.Grothe  (jgrothe@exchange.miis.edu) and mention
which date you wish to come and which country you come from. All students are
welcome! The limited number of places are filling up quickly and so reserve
your place soon.

Tryout for the MIIS Futbol Team!

Please see this flyer


for more information about how you can tryout for the MIIS Futbol Team.  Tryouts for the Fall 2009 Team are on Saturday and Sunday (8/29 and 8/30) at 12:00-2:00 pm and Thursday (9/3) at 12:00- 2:00 pm.  Meet in front of the MIIS library 15 minutes before schedules try out for rides to field.

If you have any questions, please contact Joseph Button at jbutton@exchange.miis.edu

All MIIS Students,Exchange email accounts are now available to all students registered for the Spring 2009 semester.

You will soon receive an email, through your FirstClass account, from the MIIS Helpdesk containing your new Banner ID and activation instructions.

You may begin using your account immediately following activation. Please activate your new Exchange email account for use over the summer months so that you do not experience downtime in email service when you return to school this fall.

Students should begin using their Exchange accounts over the summer and should only use the new Exchange (Outlook Web) directory to look up faculty email addresses.

These new Exchange email accounts will replace the current FirstClass email accounts, which will become inactive September 15th, 2009. After this date, you will still be able to access FirstClass and retrieve archived messages, but no new outside mail will be delivered to FirstClass.

After September 15th, all email sent to your @miis.edu address (FirstClass) will be delivered directly to your Exchange email account.

You should temporarily set up forwarding on your FirstClass email account to your new Exchange account, so that you can receive mail from both @miis.edu and @exchange.miis.edu using your Exchange account during the summer.

Students graduating this spring will continue to have access to their new Exchange email accounts for a period of 6 months, which matches Middlebury’s retention policy for graduating students. — If you have any questions once you receive your Banner ID, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 831-647-6512 or by email at [ mailto:helpdesk-miis@exchange.miis.edu ]helpdesk-miis@exchange.miis.edu.

John Grunder
Director, Information Technology Services Monterey Institute of International Studies


Dear all,

After a successful launch of the first edition of the Pathfinder, an online journal of Peace and Conflict Studies, I am happy to announce that we are getting ready for the second edition (scheduled to go online in January 2010). The Pathfinder is geared towards furthering the understanding of conflict and proposes innovative approaches to building peace by means of a multi-disciplinary approach that explores issues such as identity, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, human rights, non-violence, social change, social justice, social movements, human and environmental security, sustainable development, governance and democracy.

I encourage you to start thinking possible topics and papers (including your class papers) that might fit the broad scope of The Pathfinder. An official call for papers will go out sometime towards the end of this semester with the deadline for submissions scheduled for tbe beginning of the Fall semester.

For those who have not yet had a chance to take a look at the current edition of the Pathfinder, the URL is: thepathfinderjournal.com

Julia Steger, a third semester student of conflict resolution and migration studies will assist me as the student editor for the second edition.

Do get in touch if you have any questions,


Pushpa Iyer
Assistant Professor – Conflict Resolution Graduate School for International Policy Studies Monterey Institute for International Studies 460 Pierce Street, Monterey, CA 93940
Contact: 831-647-7104, pushpa.iyer@miis.edu thepathfinderjournal.com


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